It was fairly obvious Le'Veon Bell had an outstanding game in Pittsburgh's 30-27 win over the Cleveland Browns in Week 1. A 38-yard touchdown run and 197 total yards from scrimmage will probably put him among the nominees for Player of the Week as well. Football evaluation web site Pro Football Focus noticed that as well, giving the second-year Steelers running back a 4.7 grade for his play Sunday, the highest on the Steelers.
Cornerback William Gay also played very well, earning the second-highest mark, a 3.3, for his performance, which included a critical pass defensed on the Browns' final drive.
Gay was one of only a few Steelers players to log an outstanding game. Seven Steelers defenders finished with scores of -1.0 or lower, including Jarvis Jones' -3.1 in his efforts going against Browns left tackle Joe Thomas (who scored 3.4 to lead the Browns). Lawrence Timmons and Ike Taylor had matching -2.8s in the loss.
Antonio Brown (2.3) and Ben Roethlisberger (2.2) finished behind Bell on the offensive side, with Ryan Shazier (1.5) and Cameron Heyward (1.3) following up Gay on the defensive side of the ball. Marcus Gilbert (-1.8), Heath Miller (-1.7) and Justin Brown (-1.3) were at the bottom on offense.